This weekend, Feb. 11-12, IJGT is excited to be hosting the Florida Junior at Orange County National in Winter Garden, FL. As the team heads down to the Orlando area to get ready, here is a quick preview of what’s ahead:
It is looking like conditions are going to be nearly perfect this weekend at OCN. Although it may rain on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with highs in the 80s and a less than 10% chance of rain. The weather was a bit of a factor at Oldfield, where it was in the 40s during tee times and the wind was pretty strong. Winds for this weekend are forecasted to be around 6-7 mph, which shouldn’t have too much of an impact on ball flight. (Note: We aren’t meteorologists, feel free to check out the 10-day forecast and make your own judgements)
OCN is a championship layout, and is always a good test of golf. The conditions are always prime, with consistent greens and a well-manicured course. This weekend’s event will be played on both Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses. OCN has hosted finals of Q-School and College events, along with IJGT events in the past. Click here to go to the website for a full preview.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Carson is coming in to the Florida Junior straight off a win at the Winter Classic at Oldfield where he shot 71-74 to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The senior from Beckville, TX, shot 71-76 last fall when IJGT was at Orange County National to finish T10.
Looking at the results from last fall, Luis has an awesome chance to go low this week. He is returning to OCN after firing 71-69 (-3), finishing in second during the October event. Also a senior, the Caracus, Venezuela native will have a great opportunity to perform this weekend.
JACK CRAWSHAW AND CAMERON SHEEDY
Two solid players from BGGA, Crawshaw and Sheedy both tied for 3rd last time we visited OCN, shooting -2. Sheedy also finished in 4th place at the Winter Classic at Oldfield, showing that he is ready to compete in 2017.
BOYS 14 & UNDER:
JOHN DALY II
After shooting 75-80 to win his division at the Winter Classic, as well as earning stars for the Boys 15-19 Division, we can expect to see some good numbers coming from Daly this weekend. Described by coach Jonathan Yarwood, as “refreshing to watch, playing with flow and flair,” he was completely level headed during the entire tournament at Oldfield and showed a lot of maturity for such a young player.
JULIAN SANCHEZ GARCIA
The IJGA student from Merida, Mexico finished right behind Daly at Oldfield, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see these two at the top of the leaderboard again at OCN. Julian has won 2 of his last 4 IJGT events and it will be exciting to see if he adds a 3rd win this weekend.
OSCAR DE LA FUENTE
Coming in second at the Orange County National Junior in October, there is a lot on the horizon for this BGGA student. As impressive as a second place finish is, it is more notable to look at his second round even-par 72 after shooting 80 in round 1. Watch out for a continuation of the low score trend.
MANHUA CHEN AND ROU YIN
The two BGGA students from China placed 1st and 2nd during October’s OCN event. Tied after the first round with a score of 74, it only came down to two strokes in round 2 for the championship. It will be exciting to see it get close in the girls division this weekend, with hopefully more low scores.
Good luck to everyone in the field, we are ready for the action this weekend! Make sure you are following IJGT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you don’t miss any of the post round interviews and updates from the course.